Members of the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) are in a crunch meeting with doctors and members of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwive...
Members of the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) are in a crunch meeting with doctors and members of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNA) at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Though the exact motive behind the meeting is not immediately known, it is widely believed it is to plead with the doctors and nurses not embark on their intended strike.
REGSEC fears the strike, which was necessitated by a recent attack on the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, will affect healthcare delivery in the Northern Region.
The health workers on Tuesday declared the indefinite strike to demand the arrest of the youth believed to be members of Kandahar Boys, a pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group.
They had ordered CEO Dr David Zaawumya Akolbila to leave his office.
The doctors and nurse had threatened to withdraw all out-patient department and emergency services, which is already biting hard as some patients who arrived at the Tamale Teaching Hospital on Wednesday to seek medical services have been left stranded.
Consulting rooms remain locked.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has condemned the attack on the chief executive of the Tamale Teaching Hospital by persons it described as misfits.
Some aggrieved youth on Monday forced the chief executive Dr. David Zaawunya Kolbila out of his office over allegations of incompetence and mismanagement.
The youth, some believed to be part of the pro – NPP vigilante group, the Kandahar Boys, eventually locked up the CEO’s office and demanded his dismissal.
The Police quickly moved in to ensure law and order and the chief executive has since Tuesday resumed his official duties at the hospital under what the police say is 24/7 security.
Commenting on the development, the GMA described it as “acts of barbarism and lawlessness and calls on government not to reward such acts by kowtowing to the demands of these misfits.
The GMA observed Monday’s incident was not the first time and expressed worry over what is said is becoming an acceptable practice, which threatens the security of health workers in the region.
“Indeed there have been several similar actions in Tamale over the years and it is gradually becoming the norm and not an exception. It would be recalled that a similar action earlier in the year resulted in the Northern Regional Director of Health Services vacating his post.
“The GMA considers this trend very disturbing since it seems to create an atmosphere of insecurity for Health Workers in the Region,” a statement issued by the GMA Tuesday read.
The GMA demanded that the perpetrators of the acts be brought to book by the security agencies.
It warned “if concrete steps are not taken to deal with this cancer, the GMA will not hesitate to ask its members to stay off the hospital premises until their safety can be assured”.
Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, who led the REGSEC to open Dr. Kolbila’s office Tuesday condemned the action of the youth.
He appealed to the staff to remain resolute and continue with their normal duties, assuring them the police are investigating the matter to bring the perpetrators of the act to book.
But medical personnel at the Hospital have declared indefinite strike demanding that they are given adequate security and the perpetrators brought to book before they resume work.